Trip Start Sep 06, 2011
23Trip End Aug 31, 2012
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I'm now in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan! I've been here for three days and have lots of fun things planned. We've already explored this city, and seen the second tallest building in the world (the 101 Tower, which I'll post a picture of later), and lots of markets and temples, and eaten lots of yummy food.
Tomorrow we're going to another small town called Hualien by train. There's a big gorge near Hualien called the Taroko Gorge, where we're going to do some hiking. We're also going whale-watching there! Soon I'll have lots of cool pictures for you!
Talk to you soon!
Friday October 14th
Hello again to my Limehouse friends!
I really, really love Taiwan! It's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to, with the friendliest people! If you ever get lost, and take a map out of your pocket to look at, lots of people will all stop and offer to help you find where you're going to. Lovely. We should do this more in Canada I think!
The weather has been wonderful in Taiwan. It's quite hot - about 27 degrees celsius, but usually cloudy, so it's comfortable to walk around in. It's humid like Ontario in the summer! Yesterday we went white-water rafting on the Xiuguluan River (I think you pronounce it 'chee-oo-goo-loo-an'!) and the skies were beautifully blue, the sun was shining...it was a wonderful day to get soaked! I'll put up some pictures of the rafting for you too, it was awesome!
Two days ago we went to the Taroko Gorge, which is a really beautiful place. We hired a man named Mr Lee to drive us there and stay with us all day, as it was about an hour from our hostel. The first thing we did was hike about two hours along a beautiful blue river, which runs along the bottom of the gorge. While we were walking we saw 50 or more macaque monkeys climbing the cliffs! We were all really surprised because we didn't know that there were wild monkeys in Taiwan! I tried to get good pictures of them but they were a little too small for my camera to capture them properly.
At the end of the day hiking we went into a hot spring, which is like a natural hot tub on the mountain, except the water is heated far underground by the earth
We're in Hualien now, and are going to another city tonight called 'Taitung', which is about three hours south of here. We're taking a train to get there, and our ticket cost 266 New Taiwan Dollars, which is just over 8 Canadian Dollars. I'll write more from there so you can learn more about Taiwan!
Ooh one more quick thing. I think it was Lily that asked what language they speak here...it's Mandarin Chinese! Just like in China. Which is good because in China we had learned how to say things like hello (nee-how) and thank you (sheh-sheh) so we didn't have to learn anything new for Taiwan!
I hope you like the new pictures, I'll put up more for you soon!